(Persia Digest) - Ashuradeh Island is the only Iranian island of the Caspian Sea which was once the hunting ground of the Safavid kings. It was also occupied by the Russians at some point.

The largest Iranian island of the Caspian Sea and the Miankaleh Peninsula is located in the west of Bandar Torkaman. Over the course of several hundred years, Ashuradeh Island has been separated from the Miankaleh Peninsula due to rising water levels; it has been abandoned for the last 20 years due to successive floods. This island was considered a hunting ground during the Safavid era. Later in 1837, despite Iran's protests, it was occupied by Russian forces. After this occupation, the Russian forces had a military checkpoint there for several decades. Ashuradeh was listed as one of the first biosphere regions in the world in 1975. Moreover, 40% of Iranian caviar is found near this island.

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